Blizzard Conditions Expected From Major Winter Storm

A major winter storm will affect the entire region through Saturday morning. Extremely icy conditions are expected to persist through the overnight, as snow accumulates on icy roadways and temperatures fall. There will still be areas of freezing drizzle and fog into the evening before changing over to all snow. Snow in the Devils Lake Basin will spread south and east and increase in intensity. Northerly winds will also increase and gust to 45 mph through tonight in the northern Red River Valley and Devils Lake Basin. This will produce blizzard conditions in the Devils Lake Basin and the northern Red River Valley and continuing through Saturday morning. Travel will become impossible this evening and overnight in the blizzard warning area. Further south, winds won't be quite as strong but near blizzard conditions are possible near Fargo tonight into Saturday morning. Total snow accumulations will be highest from Devils Lake into the northern Valley, where 4 to 7 inches are expected, with localized higher amounts. Lighter amounts are expected further south, with 1 to 4 inches in the southern Red River Valley.  Conditions will slowly improve by Saturday afternoon, although bitterly cold temperatures are expected into early next week.

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